The Tarian® net inside the Textron TRAPS system demonstrates superior performance.
AmSafe Bridport®, the leading provider of engineered restraint systems to the aviation, defence and defence markets, today announced a successful test of its Tarian® rocket propelled grenade (RPG) protection system that is an integral part of Textron Defence Systems (TDS) TRAPSNet countermeasure. The TRAPSNet countermeasure completed a two-week test event sponsored by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in March this year where Tarian® demonstrated excellent performance.
The Tarian® RPG protection system was selected for integration into TDS’ Tactical Rocket Propelled Grenade Airbag Protection System (TRAPS) because of its superior performance, exceptionally light weight and flexible form factor.
TRAPSNet is a passive countermeasure that can be integrated with TRAPS onto any ground vehicle, wheeled or tracked. TRAPS incorporates Textron Defence Systems’ sensors, which are configured to identify incoming objects fitting the profile of an RPG warhead. Once the sensors confirm an RPG threat, the countermeasure deploys an AmSafe Bridport Tarian® RPG net that is integrated into a standard airbag to defeat the RPG while preventing vehicle penetration.
The variant of Tarian® RPG Net used in the TRAPSNet system has independently been approved by the UK Ministry of Defence and is in operation in Afghanistan as part of a $4m contract for AmSafe Bridport’s unique Tarian® Quickshield bar armour repair kit.
“We are delighted that our Tarian® RPG Net has once again proven to provide superior RPG protection. Its application in the Textron Defence Systems innovative TRAPS architecture provides customers with the unique advantages of world class RPG protection and an unobtrusive form factor”, said Neal McKeever, vice president of defence for AmSafe Bridport.
Textron Defence Systems Vice President of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance & Protection Systems Tom McNamara said, “The collaboration between AmSafe Bridport and Textron Defence Systems has enabled us to integrate AmSafe Bridport’s world-class RPG defeat technology into a highly effective countermeasure for our flexible and modular TRAPS threat protection system.”
The Tarian® technology, in operational service in Afghanistan since 2009, has been rigorously tested in the U.K. by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence, and in the U.S. by its Department of Defence counterpart DARPA to include over 750 live firing shots. This testing has verified both a high level of performance and a multi-hit capability inherent in the Tarian® technology.
About AmSafe Bridport Ltd:
AmSafe Bridport Ltd is headquartered in Bridport, Dorset, UK and has subsidiaries in the United States of America and Sri Lanka. AmSafe Bridport designs and manufactures cargo handling and airframe products for both commercial aviation and defence; provides MRO services for airframe products; and designs and manufactures RPG protection systems for use by the military.